Dr Thomas Pucadyil, Associate Professor in Biology at IISER Pune, has been chosen as an International Research Scholar by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is one of the 41 scientists from sixteen countries chosen this year from over 1400 applications. The selection for this award that funds exceptional early-career scientists carrying out biomedical research, was based on impact of past work as well promise of the proposed research and capabilities of the researcher.
Dr Pucadyil works on vesicular transport, a process by which cells transport proteins in little vesicles bound by membranes. Along with his team of graduate and undergraduate students, Dr Pucadyil uses reconstitution approaches to study the mechanism that cells might be using for vesicles to break away from parent membranes thereby allowing packaging and transport of cellular materials. You can learn more about his work here.
With headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA the Howard Hughes Medical Institute along with other partner organisations, funds researchers located around the world enabling discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. An announcement of the selection of International Scholars is here on the HHMI website.
Our congratulations to Dr Thomas Pucadyil on being named an HHMI International Scholar!